Lounge owner held in prostitution case
By Lacee A.C. Martinez
Pacific Daily News
The owner of an Upper Tumon lounge remained behind bars yesterday in connection with running an alleged sex ring.
Police arrested Song Ja Cha, 66, yesterday along with two of her Blue House karaoke lounge employees. Cha faces charges of felonious restraint and several prostitution-related charges.
The case was prompted when another employee walked in to the Tamuning-Tumon precinct looking for help yesterday, police said.
"One of her employees had come in complaining that the owner of the lounge withheld her passport," Guam Police Department spokesman Officer Allan Guzman said.
When police officers went to investigate the complaint, they discovered other girls in the same situation. Police also noticed other alleged illegal activities occurring in the lounge, he said.
"While at the location, police discovered a naked male individual within the establishment, and through further investigation discovered what appeared to be an illegal sex parlor," Guzman said, but could not release additional details.
Two of Song's employees were also arrested on numerous charges, including prostitution. Freda Eseun and Saknin A. Weria were both arrested, booked and released, Guzman said.
"(Cha was) recruiting girls from off island to work at the establishment and when they got there, they were deceived and found out what the true intentions were," he said.
As police continue the investigation, more arrests are expected, and other possible charges may be filed against those arrested, Guzman said.